Music combined with auditory beat stimulation may reduce anxiety: study
Toronto: The results of a new study suggest that treatments incorporating
In the new study, researchers randomized 163 patients taking anti-anxiety medication to participate in a home treatment session involving music, auditory beat stimulation, both, or pink noise – similar background sounds to white noise. Music was selected for each patient using LUCID
Among people with moderate anxiety before the treatment session, greater reductions in somatic anxiety – the physical symptoms of anxiety – were seen in people who listened to both music and ABS (p=0.04, effect size=0.83) or those who listened to music alone (p=0.05, effect size=0.52), compared to those who listened to pink noise. The greatest reductions in cognitive state anxiety, the aspect of anxiety related to thoughts and feelings, were also seen in participants with moderate anxiety who listened to both music and music. ABS. Among those with a high pre-session anxiety trait, the music-only group had significantly greater reductions in anxiety than the ABS-only group (p = 0.04, effect size = 0.72). The authors concluded that sound-based treatments can be effective in reducing state anxiety and potentially offer a simple and easily distributable method of treating anxiety in a segment of the population.
Drs. Russo and Malik said: “With the pandemic and remote working, there has been a remarkable increase in the use of digital
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They added: “The results of this research are exciting as they indicate that personalized music holds great promise for effectively reducing anxiety in specific segments of the population that suffer from anxiety. Hopefully with further research we can help build a strong evidence base that further supports the use of personalized music as an additional tool in the clinician’s toolkit that can be used to help reduce anxiety in the patient population.”